THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 6 P.M.
BUZZ-WORTHY ART TALK: Hank Willis Thomas
210 McKnight Art Center West, WSU School of Art and Design

Employing the language of advertising and popular culture in his work, artist Hank Willis Thomas communicates frankly about race, class, and history. A nationally renowned artist, his two-dimensional, sculptural, and digital time-based work activates African American history to provide relevance to, and commentary on, today's experience. Currently a fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University, Thomas is the subject of a 2008 Aperture monograph, "Pitch Blackness." To underscore the humanism and social advocacy that characterizes Gordon Parks' best work and acknowledge his participation in a tradition of African American artmaking, Thomas will talk about his work and its sources in the shared legacy--cultural as well as artistic.

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